Senators Support Ethanol Blend Bill
By Kealey Bultena
Senators have passed a bill that stops large companies from preventing local business owners from selling ethanol blends.
Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson says lawmakers need to look out for the state’s interests, and one of its biggest opportunities is ethanol.
"I look at 1216 as a pro-South Dakota bill. In a way I’m asking you, through getting rid of this mandate and this prohibition from these big oil companies telling our South Dakota merchants that they can’t sell ethanol, to put South Dakota first," Olson says.
No one on the Senate floor spoke against House Bill 1216. It has already passed the House, so the bill heads to Governor Dennis Daugaard for approval. The Governor’s office testified in favor of the bill in committee.
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